We were so lucky today to have a visit from author Camilla Chester. She shared what inspired her to become an author, where she gets her ideas from and that she prefers to plan out her stories in a linear manner. She told the children that good writers write as ‘readers’ and good readers read as ‘writers’. The children had great fun playing a story board game and then used their inference skills to create characters and settings from postcard pictures. There are few more photos in our Year 5 Gallery!
The children have really impressed all the grown ups in Year 5 with their hard work on traditional tales. They are now working on their own fairy tale and we are all looking forward to reading their final versions. The children have worked their socks off over the past few weeks to understand formal multiplication. They have discovered that times tables are vital to this operation and hopefully will be asking you to help them to continue to learn their tables to 12 x 12 fluently. We are now moving on to explore fractions and again their times tables will be invaluable.
In PE, Year 5 have benefited from Mrs Hutchins’ expertise and have been learning about partner balances ahead of creating their own routine to music over the next couple of weeks.
The children are really enjoying our current topic and it has been great to see how enthusiastic they are about their learning.
So far we have learnt about our Queen and what she does, considered symbols of royalty and looked at how castles were built and the defence features that they had. Thank you so much for all of your hard work with the children on their castles for homework – they look fantastic!
Last week we made our own ‘Coat of Arms’ and chose our symbols to include carefully, thinking about our position in the family (first born, second born etc), and the personality traits we have which were represented by different animals.
We are very excited about our trip to Windsor Castle tomorrow and can’t wait to see what the castle looks like in real life. We are sure this will be a fantastic day for the children and give them a real insight into what life as a royal is like. We will upload any photographs that we take onto our class webpage so keep an eye out for them.
Finally, we look forward to seeing lots of you for our class assembly next Friday morning, the 15th. Children may come home with words in their book bags, if you could help them to practice these then that would be much appreciated 😊
Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal
Year 6 are just coming to the end of a writing unit, where we have used the storybook, ‘Hermelin’, as a launchpad to various writing activities, culminating in their fabulous diary entries this week. They are really showing a growing confidence in experimenting with Year 6 writing skills and developing their conscious control as writers – well done Year 6!
Without a doubt, the plethora of storybooks which the children are devouring at home and school is having a huge impact on their own ideas for writing and on their extensively growing vocabularies, so thank you for your continued support at home with this.
Instead of the usual homework packs, the children have been bringing home their Maths and Literacy CGP books and this will continue until SATs week. We will also be giving the children usernames and passwords for an online Maths Diagnostic programme, where daily Maths problems will be set. Again, thank you for your support and encouragement with this.
We are SO excited for our trip to the O2 next week and finally taking part in Young Voices – it’s going to be fabulous!
Enjoy your weekends and keep practising the songs!
Welcome back Reception!
We have had a busy start to the year – The Gingerbread Man hid from us and left some clues to find. Luckily we managed to find some of his friends and they tasted very good!
We also got the chance to join in with a Drama Workshop all about being Eco Superheroes. It was so much fun. We learnt how to act and move in different ways.
This week we are learning how write labels and short sentences about The Gingerbread Man.
I am going to send home a list of Red words today. Please practice reading and writing them with your child at home.
It was lovely to welcome the children back after the Christmas break and hear their news. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for the beautiful gifts you so generously gave my team and I at the end of last term. They are all very much appreciated.
This term, our focus moves to the historical period of the Anglo-saxons and we started our topic with a ‘Wow’ afternoon, where the children designed and made battle shields, as well as sharing the knowledge they already have about Anglo-saxons and considering what else they would like to discover. Science will see us investigate materials this term, including reversible and non-reversible changes. In Maths, we will be extending our knowledge of formal multiplication and in Literacy we will be writing our own traditional tales.
Homework packs have been sent out and I’d be grateful for your support in making sure the children practise their times tables regularly and read for at least 20 minutes every evening.
Welcome back to another busy half term. The children have made an excellent start to our ‘Engineering’ topic and last week considered the best design for an aeroplane. The children made paper aeroplanes from different materials and in different sizes to test which would be the most successful. We were so impressed with the children’s predictions and how they could explain which plane would fly the furthest and why. The children measured the distance that the plane had travelled and began to record in metres and centimetres.
In Literacy we are thinking about instruction writing. We have written sets of instructions to explain how we made our paper aeroplanes and this week we are thinking about instructions for our very own ‘Snake repellent hats’. In Maths we are focusing on subtraction and putting ‘taking away’ into practical contexts.
This week as part of our ‘Materials’ Science topic we will be conducting a survey of the school to see which is the most commonly used material. Look out for the pictures on our class page on the website later this week.
Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal 🙂
This week the children have been busy writing their stories. We have been so impressed with their ideas, choices of vocabulary and handwriting; the stories are fantastic! You will be able to see how hard the children have worked on them next week at parents evening.
In maths we have continued to practice how to write addition number sentences and are getting much more confident with this.
Next week is creative week so the children have lots of exciting activities in store – more will be revealed as the week goes on!
We look forward to seeing you at parents evening and being able to share with you the fantastic start to year 1 that the children have made.
Have a great weekend,
Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal
A huge thank you to all the parent/carer helpers who came into school last Thursday for our First Forest School session. It was really appreciated!
The children did a fantastic job getting themselves dressed into their overalls. They then went for a walk around the school grounds before setting off into the woodland area. Each child made their name label for the Hello Tree. They decorated their name with different natural materials such as leaves and feathers. Mrs Gelborova and Mrs Archibald taught them the Forest School song and 123 where are you? The children even got to have snack in the forest.
It was a wonderful start to Forest Schools!
This week we have been learning all about fossils. We found out what fossils are, how they were formed and where they might be found. We then went on to ‘dig’ for fossils in our sand tray and make models of them out of play-dough.
Next week we will be learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and grouping dinosaurs by what they ate.